Paducah Bound!

And some new fiber projects below!

My mom’s going to make a flying trip to the National Quilt Museum with me bright and early tomorrow morning (it’s about a six hour drive), so we can see my quilt on display before the exhibit is taken down.

I baked a fresh loaf of oatmeal einkorn sourdough this morning, along with some oatmeal pecan raisin cookies, and will pack our lunches… I’m determined to avoid restaurant eating unless it’s someone’s birthday. I’m tired of getting sick from crappy food! We’ll probably be stuck eating dinner in Paducah, unless I can talk my mom into grabbing something we can toss together back in the motel room.

We can spend a couple of hours tomorrow afternoon at the museum, and we’ll head back in the morning. While I’d love to stay and shop and explore, my mom isn’t up to that kind of thing anymore, so I’ll save it for another time.

I wound up the skeins of Walnut color way Cascade yarn, and I’m well into my second scarf like the one I just finished.

I think two years ago(?) I replaced my umbrella swift with this Amish one, which I love so much more, and my cheap ball winder with a Nancy’s KnitKnacks model, pricey but a joy to use.

I’m just at the end of the first cake of yarn on the second shawl (I used three for the burgundy one).

I love the burgundy, but I like this color even more.

I had promised my mom I’d make her an afghan to match her new decor earlier this year, and started one, but it was a real drag to crochet and I decided to scrap it and start something mindless, but still pretty.

Granny Square Block
Granny Square Block

I like this modified Granny Square quilt a bit, as it’s pretty but not so filled with holes as to make it useless. The color is called “Linen” and is somewhere between gray and cream… it’s really pretty in person.

I’ve yet to decide on how I’m going to join all the squares together, but I will be joining them with a medium gray yarn, and adding some type of border. The yarn is acrylic… “I Love This Yarn!” from Hobby Lobby.

While I’m a bit of a yarn snob, when it comes to afghans I will only make them in acrylic yarns. Who wants to hand wash and block a big afghan? Not me!

I do however, block my squares prior to joining them. It makes a huge difference, even with acrylic yarn.

Above, blocked on the left, unblocked on the right. To block acrylic yarn, I steam block it with my iron held as close as possible to the block without actually touching it, and acrylic will melt, and pump plenty of steam into it, shaping it as I go. It isn’t like wool, where you can pin and shape it perfectly, but it will still make a big difference in the quality of your finished project.

CJ Tinkle

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. You might try Kirchhoff’s deli at 118 Market House Square. They are not as upscale as your cooking, but have interesting food.
    Enjoy the Quilt Museum!

    1. Oh it’s not upscale I’m worried about. 9 times out of 10 when I eat out, it makes me sick. I don’t want to be driving feeling like crap.

  2. Awesome ! Take pics — will you go to the award ceremony in January to see the quilt awarded ? Call me …

    1. I probably won’t make the ceremony, with it being in January.

  3. What is that pinwheel thingy under your crochet block? Is it something you made for steaming your blocks with iron?

  4. Do glad you’re going to see your quilt! First granny square I’ve seen that I like! Pattern?

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